CEO Viewpoint


SI CEO Viewpoint: Wright Lassiter III, CEO, CommonSpirit Health

CEO VIEWPOINT | Mar 2023 In this CEO Viewpoint, read how Wright Lassiter is establishing what he calls “leadership presence” across CommonSpirit’s 140 hospitals, 1,500 care sites and 150,000 employees [...]

SI CEO Viewpoint: Joseph R. Impicciche, CEO, Ascension

In this CEO Viewpoint, read how CEO Joseph R. Impicciche and Ascension are creating great
experiences for 6.5 million patients as well as 140,000 associates at 2,600 sites of care across 19 states.

Mike Slubowski, President & CEO, Trinity Health

In this CEO Viewpoint, read how president & CEO Mike Slubowski strengthens the Catholic mission of Trinity Health despite the converging crises of cost, workforce and affordability across 25 states and 115,000 colleagues.

Marc Gorelick, MD, President & CEO, Children’s Minnesota

Marc Gorelick, MD, president & CEO, Children’s Minnesota discusses how a children’s health system addresses the workforce crisis, equity and patient & family engagement.

Marna Borgstrom, CEO, Yale New Haven Health

Read our CEO Viewpoint interview with Marna Borgstrom, CEO, Yale New Haven Health, to hear the wisdom and insights from a distinguished 40-plus-year career at one of the nation’s leading academic health systems.

Todd LaPorte, CEO, HonorHealth

Read our CEO Viewpoint interview with Todd LaPorte, CEO of HonorHealth in Scottsdale, Ariz. to find out how a leader goes from a career immersed in finance to one whose mission is the “health and wellbeing of a community.”

Andrea Walsh, President & CEO, HealthPartners

Read our CEO Viewpoint interview with Andrea Walsh, President & CEO, HealthPartners, to learn how consumer-governed HealthPartners is making care and coverage simpler and more affordable.

J.P. Gallagher, President & CEO, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Read our CEO Viewpoint interview with J.P. Gallagher, President & CEO, NorthShore University HealthSystem, to learn how NorthShore is “going the last mile” for consumers.

Nancy Howell Agee, President and CEO, Carilion Clinic

Rarely does a healthcare CEO spend her career at the same place she was born. Enter Nancy Howell Agee, president and CEO of Virginia-based Carilion Clinic, who was born in [...]

Bill Manns, President & CEO, Bronson Healthcare

“I grew up thinking I wanted to be a physician,” says Bill Manns, who worked in Michigan’s Wayne County morgue as a teenager to gain experience toward that goal. However, [...]

Tim Dentry, President & CEO, Northern Light Health

As a former college wrestler, Tim Dentry exhorts people to "pin COVID-19 to the mat" and "avoid being pinned by the virus." His folksiness, bred in northern Maryland's horse country, [...]

Marc Boom, MD, President & CEO, Houston Methodist

In the past Marc Boom, MD, often quoted Bill Gates on our tendency to overestimate the amount of change in the short term and underestimate the amount of change over [...]

Michelle Hood, Executive VP and COO, AHA

In love with the sciences since youth, Michelle Hood earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Purdue and began graduate school in neurophysiology. That’s when she realized her work life […]

Cathy Jacobson, President & CEO, Froedtert Health

Cathy Jacobson always returns to the kitchen. That’s where she began her healthcare career as a 16-year-old in a 70-bed community hospital—a long-ago casualty of consolidation—in her small hometown 90 [...]

David Entwistle, President & CEO, Stanford Health Care

When David Entwistle was young he dreamed of becoming a famous lawyer. “I took three years of high-school Latin preparing to be an attorney,” he recalls, and registered for pre-law […]

Gene Woods, President and CEO, Atrium Health

Eugene A. Woods, MBA, MHA, FACHE, is president and chief executive officer of Atrium Health, one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation. With […]

Sharon O’Keefe, President, UChicago Medical Center

Chicago is famous for the propensity of its native sons and daughters to remain Chicagolanders their entire lives. Sharon O’Keefe, president of the University of Chicago Medical Center, is no exception. She […]

Howard Kern, President and CEO, Sentara Healthcare

As a newly minted graduate in biology and environmental sciences in 1978, Howard P. Kern saw the healthcare industry as full of opportunity and substantial growth potential. After 39 years […]

Mark Harrison, MD, President & CEO, Intermountain Healthcare

Dr. Marc Harrison – a third-generation physician whose son is now in medical school – took the top job at Intermountain Healthcare in October 2016. Intermountain is a Utah-based not-for-profit […]

Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO, Spectrum Health

When Tina Freese Decker was growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, chatting about the weather was serious business. Her meteorologist father had cofounded a radio weather service in 1973 called […]

Terry Shaw, President & CEO, Adventist Health System

When Terry Shaw was 14, he was already cleaning grocery stores and warehouses and driving a forklift for a health-food distributor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He still recalls carrying […]

Wright Lassiter III, President & CEO, Henry Ford Health System

“I have one goal,” says Wright L. Lassiter, III: “Reduce the gap between today and what’s possible.” It’s a lifelong mantra he’s using more than ever as President and CEO of […]

Johnese Spisso, President, UCLA Health

Johnese Spisso is president of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences. In this role, she oversees four hospitals, more than 160 […]

Patricia Maryland, DrPH, President & CEO, Ascension Healthcare

It’s a cliché to say someone followed a long journey to where they are today, but that’s literally the case with Patricia “Pat” Maryland, soon-to-be president and CEO of Ascension Healthcare, […]

Dennis Murphy, President & CEO, IU Health

When Dennis Murphy took his mother to the movie “Brooklyn” she said it was like watching her life on screen. Like the movie’s protagonists, his mother and father were Irish […]

Penny Wheeler, MD, President & CEO, Allina

Sometimes, regardless of training and experience, a rare person appears with “chief executive” written in her heart. Penny Wheeler, MD, fits the description. She swapped her physician’s lab coat for […]

John Porter, President & CEO Avera

As healthcare undergoes a transformation to a value-based, accountable care model, John Porter may be blessed with just the right background to lead a major health system: He has none. […]

Laura Forese, MD, MPH, EVP & CEO NewYork-Presbyterian

You could say Laura Forese, MD, has been preparing for a leadership role at NewYork-Presbyterian all her life. She grew up just outside New York City, spent two adolescent years in […]

Robert J. Henkel, President & CEO, Ascension Health; EVP, Ascension

Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, is the President and CEO of Ascension Health. He also serves as an Executive Vice President of Ascension Health’s parent organization, Ascension. Before being named President and […]

Barclay Berdan, CEO, Texas Health Resources

Talk about baptism of fire. Within a month of Barclay Berdan becoming CEO of Texas Health Resources in September 2014, the Arlington-based health system was rocked by the Ebola situation, […]

Michael Shabot, MD, EVP/CCO, Memorial Hermann Health System

I t’s hard to believe Michael Shabot, MD, had no early interest in medicine. But maybe it just had to get in line. “I kind of drifted into medical school […]

Christine Cassel, MD, President & CEO, National Quality Forum (NQF)

Perhaps it’s not surprising that Christine Cassel, MD, pioneered the program called Choosing Wisely. Earning an undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Chicago seems like a good foundation […]

Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH, Dean F. Edward Hébert, School of Medicine

Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH, became Dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, on September 7, 2013. The unique […]

David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, President, The Commonwealth Fund

David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that aims to promote a high-performing healthcare system. Dr. Blumenthal is formerly the Samuel O. Thier Professor […]

Karen DeSalvo, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Karen DeSalvo is a physician whose 20-year career has focused on improving access to affordable, high quality care for all people, especially vulnerable populations. She has pursued this goal […]

Laura Kaiser, Executive Vice President & COO, Intermountain Healthcare

All of us have been shaped with visible and invisible hands,” says Laura Kaiser, who as executive vice president and COO of Intermountain Healthcare, can draw on her own experience […]

Brian Connolly, President & CEO, Oakwood HealthCare

When Brian Connolly was only 34 he became the first layperson on the board of the Daughters of Charity. It was 1985 and he’d just been appointed CEO of Providence […]

Tom Sadvary, President & CEO, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network

His wife of 37 years, Mary, doesn’t remember it, but Tom Sadvary first met her in an ambulance in Pittsburgh, he a paramedic, she an ICU nurse. “She was so […]

Marc Boom, MD, President & CEO, Houston Methodist

The classic American Dream, globally diversified today, involves European immigrants crossing the Atlantic on a freighter, working hard and sacrificing in America so their children can succeed. Say hello to […]

Paul Tang, MD, VP and Chief Innovation & Technology Officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

I f an individual could be an epicenter, Paul Tang, MD, would be that person for healthcare in the United States. His day job is appropriately located in Northern California, […]

Christine Cassel, MD, President & CEO, National Quality Forum

Perhaps it’s not surprising that Christine Cassel, MD, pioneered the program called Choosing Wisely. Earning an undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Chicago seems like a good foundation […]

Ernie Sadau, President & CEO, CHRISTUS Health

When Ernie Sadau was a teenager lying in a Fort Worth hospital bed he wrote a note on the dietary-tray response card that he’d like to talk to the hospital […]

Don Wegmiller, Chairman, Scottsdale Institute

It’s not surprising Don Wegmiller was elected to the Healthcare Hall of Fame this year. The honor crowns an already brilliant career that enters into yet another phase with seemingly […]

Tom Zenty, President & CEO, University Hospitals Health System

Pennsylvania seems to produce top healthcare executives like it does quarterbacks and Tom Zenty is no exception to that tradition. Zenty, 57, is president and CEO of University Hospitals, the […]